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Preview of Tropico
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The crew at FiringSquad recently got their hands on an advance copy of Tropico,
GoD games' upcoming tropical island nation management sim, and were kind enough to
put up a preview.

Despite being described by them as "Sim City: The Banana Republic," the preview is quick to note that
Tropico is actually a fairly serious game that requires the player to
maintain a delicate balance of power and control on their own island, to say nothing
of maintaining good relations with both the U.S. and Russia.

Another interesting aspect of gameplay is the fact that the people, down to the individual citizen,
will carry a high degree of detail and individuality. Players can zoom in on individuals and see their thoughts, vital statistics, and
their possible involvement with various factions, such as the Capitalists and Environmentalists.

Not just content with categories, the designers seem to have gone into detail concerning
actual degrees of belief:

Not only do people support factions, they have varying
degrees of support. Some are extreme die-hards, others simply
regular supporters or maybe strong supporters. When
someone belongs to more than one faction, and you commit an
act that pleases one of those factions but annoys the other, the
degree to which the factions feel about this act, and the level of
support this person gives the factions, decide how this person
feels about the act itself. Of course, if he is personally affected
- such as a wage hike or executing a family member of his -
then his personal feelings take precedence.
The player's own traits will also come into consideration, as each player must first
create a profile of their chosen leader type before playing the game. These decisions will affect such elements as diplomacy, treaty negotiation and how your populace reacts to your decrees.

For more impressions on the game, head over to FiringSquad's preview. Tropico is scheduled
for release for the Mac approximately a month after the PC release, which is set for late April of this year. Both versions will be published by Gathering of Developers.

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